When I was in Havana, Cuba there was only one place I loved more than Plaza de San Francisco. And that was viewing the striking artwork and listening to live rumba performances one Sunday afternoon in Callejón de Hamel, a street in an area known as Cayo Hueso. It’s one of the best ways to experience authentic Cuban culture and take in the “preservation of local traditions at a community level“.
The street is a living art installation filled with the artist’s famous murals and various other stylized objects such as bath tubs and totem poles. Visitors can even browse his gallery and purchase artwork of their own at very affordable price.
Extra special is Sundays when there are live rumba performances that differ from the more traditional Spanish forms of rumba. Locals and tourists alike gather to watch the dancers and listen to the beats.
The concert is free, but as a tourist you will be asked to offer up a small donation for the pleasure of taking in their unique performance. Don’t let yourself be hustled too many times (they will continually ask you for money every 10-15 minutes), but do give some money to people who live on so little. Especially when you’re taking tons of photos and videos like me.
While I could say so much more about my delightful Sunday afternoon spent at Callejón de Hamel, I’ll let these photos speak for themselves.